A dictionary (also called a wordbook, lexicon or vocabulary) is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, and other information; or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another, also known as a lexicon.
Needless to say, dictionaries do come in handy when you plan to write any kind of book. Or in case you need to fend of dinosaurs who somehow escaped extinction ...
In this day and age most will not even own dictionaries, at least not the dead-tree variety, because you can easily get all information you need online now. Usually this is also the faster way to get to the needed information as those of you who've ever leafed back and forth in one of those tomes until you finally reached the word you've been looking for can certainly testify.
Anyway, here are some great online dictionaries I'd like to share with you - if you should know of additional ones, feel free to share in the comment section!
The established names.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
The Free Dictionary
Urban Dictionary (ha, couldn't resist including this one)
The Selfish Gene, which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution. Many will also remember his 2006 controversial book The God Delusion.
Curious? Find out more about his books on Goodreads.
The assignment of purpose to everything is called teleology. Children are native teleologists, and many never grow out of it.
Let's wake up our innate animal lovers with stories of dachshunds, dodos and dolphins!
Picasso & Lump: A Dachshund's Odyssey (David Douglas Duncan)
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction (David Quammen)
To Touch a Wild Dolphin (Rachel Smolker)
Do you own a dictionary? Or maybe a book by Dawkins? Or even a dachshund? Go ahead and surprise me!